| | Swollen Lymph Nodes?
I hope that this is the right place to post this since it is a female pelvic related issue.
Basically, the other day my boyfriend and I were having intercourse, and I had a sudden urge to urinate (which isn't uncommon for me due to certain medications). After going to the bathroom my urinary tract felt really, really painful, basically like I got poked in the area with a small, sharp object. It hurt for a couple of minutes and than the pain went away. The next few times I went to urinate it hurt somewhat but the pain eventually went away.
The next day (yesterday) the same thing happened, I couldn't urinate without feeling slight pain but it went away almost completely. Than later that day I started feeling weak, muscle pain, and basically the feeling you'd get right before you get sick with a fever. I checked my temperature because I knew that it was elevated, and sure enough it was 99.6, which isn't too high. I took an Aleve and went to bed.
This morning I woke up feeling fine, checked my temperature again and it's back to normal (98.3)... and thankfully it doesn't hurt to pee anymore.
Well, later in the day while I was changing I noticed a slight bump in the pubic region, on both sides... it's in the area where the leg meets the pubic bone I suppose. I did a bit of research on lymph nodes and realized that there are quite a few of them in the pelvic region. I looked it up and came put with a diagram that labels the area as "superficial inagural nodes." I assume that they're some type of lymph nodes... and I noticed that the one on the left side is definitely bigger than the right.
It's kind of a slightly rubbery bump that feels slightly uncomfortable if I press it and I can feel it when I walk (probably because I'm well aware of the problem and it's bothering me).
Does anyone know what this could possibly be? What caused it? Is it a lymph node, and if so when should I expect it to get better? I know that sometimes they swell due to infection and it appears that I did have a slight infection due to an elevated body temperature, but that only lasted a few hours.
P.S. I did the symptom checker and came up with a whole list of results which aren't any help. Also, I know that it is not a STI (my bf and I are very faithful to each other so I am not worried about that. And finally, I don't have health insurance so I can't exactly afford to see a doctor right now... so please don't suggest that. I just need some suggestions as to what this could possibly be and how long I should expect the swelling to persist (assuming that it is a swollen lymph node).